Today's races at the Manx Grand Prix were cancelled due to gale force winds and heavy rain.

A decision to postpone the schedule was made early in the morning by the Clerk of the Course, Phil Taubman.

The Classic 250cc/350cc and Junior Manx Grand Prix races will now take place on the Mountain Course tomorrow.

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Simon Crellin, Manx GP press officer, said: "The Clerk of the Course, Phil Taubman, was able to make a decision before 7am this morning.

"It means we were able to ley everyone know, race officials, marshals and the general public, so it gave everyone plenty of notice."

However, the organisers are expecting a shortfall of up to 40 marshals and are appealing for volunteers to provide sufficient cover around the 37.73-mile Mountain circuit.

Taubman explained: "We need a lot of marshals because local people who organise themselves for marshalling tend to go to work on the days between the races - they don't take the full week off, which is understandable.

"So if there's anyone out there who can fill in the gas for me it would be greatly appreciated.

"The sun is going to shine and it's going to be a fantastic day - we should get a full race programme in."

The Classic 250c/350cc race is scheduled for a 12 noon start, with the Junior Manx Grand Prix due off at approximately 2.45pm.